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Grants to Alberta Nonprofits and Public Institutions to Promote Student Health and Wellness in Schools

Healthy Food Environments in an Active School Community


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Funding Source
Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund, managed by the University of Alberta, School of Public Health; with funding provided by the Government of Alberta
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/30/16 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Alberta nonprofits, public institutions and organizations to implement innovative approaches to addressing student health and wellness in schools. Projects must demonstrate a planned, integrated, and holistic approach to improve health and learning outcomes and should focus on strategies, policies, and actions to support the following:

1. Sustainable healthy food choices within the school’s food environment by creating local partnerships and utilizing local services. The nutrition landscape of the school environment should support students in making healthy choices through changes to vending machines, community gardens, healthy cafeteria and canteen options, rewards, events, fundraising, and/or breakfast, snack and lunch programs.

2. The provision of curricular and non-curricular access to daily physical activity/education and a focus on teaching and learning which encourages all students to develop an active lifestyle.

Teaching and learning could include:
- A focus on nutrition information and skill development to promote healthy eating, meal planning, cooking skills, food budgeting, taste testing (not on-going food purchase), food labelling, etc, and be supported by areas such as, CTS, CTF, kitchen gardens, and/or farm to cafeteria.
- Timetabled daily physical activity/education, brain breaks, teacher/student-led intramurals, non-sport activities to support lifelong activity, addressing sedentary behavior, sleep, etc. Consideration will be given to applications that demonstrate clear direction to support improvements for student success while creating a healthy food environment and a commitment to physical activity.

Applicants should be mindful of supporting student learning through a holistic approach that considers the importance of promoting a sense of belonging in a school community that supports positive mental well-being.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
In order to ensure financial accountability of the funds, grants can only be issued to a sponsoring organization that is:

- A publicly funded organization or institution
- A nonprofit society or association registered with Alberta Registries
- A nonprofit charitable organization registered with the Government of Canada

Preference for these grants will be given to projects led by a jurisdiction, or school communities working together; for example, schools that are linked geographically, or through a feeder school relationship on the specific granting opportunity.

Eligible Costs:
- Staff Costs
- Conference and Symposia
- Equipment and Resources
- Meeting Costs
- Evaluation

Grants will not be issued to:
- Alberta Health Services (AHS) unless it is sponsoring the application on behalf of a school community action group, coalition, alliance, or network that is otherwise ineligible to access the funds
- Post Secondary Institutions
- Fundraising foundations (e.g. education and health foundations)
- Organizations with a regional or provincial mandate, unless:
a. Their proposed project will be carried out within and in partnership with a specific school community; or
b. Their proposed project will facilitate the establishment of sustainable projects in multiple school communities within the region or perhaps the province.

If it is the case that a school community action group, coalition, alliance, or network would like to seek funding for a project but is not incorporated as a society or association, the application may be submitted by an eligible member/partner organization that will sponsor the project on its behalf.

If the application is successful, the sponsor is responsible for signing the funding agreement, administering the funds, and ensuring the obligations of the agreement are met. The coalition should be identified in the application as a co-applicant.

Ineligible Costs:
- Cellular phones or monthly phone expenses
- Alcohol
- Insurance costs
- Monthly parking
- Staff in existing or ongoing positions, salaried point or full-time positions are not encouraged
- Student field trips, retreats, or camps
- Costs for the development of resources
- Costs associated with teacher certification of programs (e.g. Yoga, fitness)
- Standing exercise or medical equipment (treadmills, spin bikes, heart rate monitors)
- Health care delivery services (counseling services of Registered Dietician or Psychologists)
- Profit-making activities or business ventures
- Administrative functions or core operations which are normally part of regular, ongoing business (e.g. rent, utilities, or sharing the cost of an ongoing staff position)
- Constructing or renovating facilities (benches, playgrounds, beautification projects)
- Programs or projects that are already funded as part of an organization’s mandate
- Expenses for activities or projects that have already been completed
- Deficit budgets from other projects or of the organization’s operations
- Capital equipment not integral to the project
- Studies or research on a health and wellness issue

Pre-Application Information
Prior to submission of application, please contact Wellness Fund staff to discuss your proposal and eligibility.

To apply, please complete the application form and submit electronically before midnight on the grant deadline date of May 30, 2016.

Click here to access the online application form:

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $5,000.

Term of Contract
The term of the grant will be from initiation of the agreement to June 30, 2018 (conditional upon continuation of Wellness Fund funding past year end 2017).

Contact Information
Libby Coldbeck
Phone: 780-691-0596

Colleen Wright
Phone: 780-492-2537

If you have any technical questions pertaining to the completion of the online application, you can contact Wijaya Dassanayake at or at 780-248-2066.

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